The wooden ring at the base of the mast step has rotted on my 1973 Laser. I have removed it and was wondering if I needed to replace it with another wooden ring. I was thinking that a ring of epoxy filler might be longer lasting. Any new wooden ring would need to be in two pieces because the mast tube is still attached at the bottom. I have seached the forums but couldn't find any advice specific to the wooden ring replacement. Thanks for whatever advice you can provide!